Gambia (Banjul) Customs regulations


We always recommend checking with your embassy, a clearing agent in Gambia (Banjul) or the authorities Gambia (Banjul)to ensure you have up to date information on the rules and regulations. The information here is for guidance purposes only and should not be used as hard and fast rules.

Shipping Household Freight To West Africa (Gambia):
Documents Required:
Original shipping documents (i.e. bill of lading, air waybill, etc.).
Itemised, valued inventory (package list).
Insurance documents (where included).
Original invoices for new items.
Declaration of freight charges.
Car Shipping to West Africa (Gambia):
Documents Required
Purchase invoice.
Certificate of Ownership (indicating chassis number, year, model, engine Number, ).
Only left-hand drive cars only.
Duty rates are different depending on the class of vehicle, planned use, etc. Agent in Gambia can give advice on duty rate once type of vehicle is determined.
Customs Regulations & Rules:
Preparation of Customs Entry Form displaying CIF (Cost, Insurance & Freight) value of goods to be imported.
Submission of Customs Entry Form at Customs & Excise Department.
Customs examination of goods.
Payment of Customs Duty & Government Sales Tax on dutiable goods.
Customs clearance of items upon signed authority by Customs Department.
Prohibited Articles:
Controlled drugs and narcotics illegal in law.
Firearms (including air / gas pistols & comparable weapons) ammunition and explosives (as well as fireworks).
Indecent or obscene videos, films, books, magazines and other articles.
Radio-communication equipment not approved for use in Gambia.
Counterfeit money.
Flick knives.
Certain meat, poultry, and other animal products.
Certain plants and parts thereof, including seeds & bulbs.
Certain items which originate from protected species including ivory, fur skins, reptile leather and articles manufactured from them.
Pet Importation:
A full vaccination history of the animal is required. Owner must research which vaccinations are advisable for his particular pet. More detailed information can be found at the WHO / FAO.
Duty & Tax Rates:
Import duty % depending on the item.
Government Sales Tax of 10%.
1% Customs Processing Fees.
05% ECOWAS Tax.
Taxes on basic commodities for
example rice, sugar, cooking oil are either zero rated or charged minimum duty.
Special duty waivers are issued by the Gambian government for members of embassies & high commissions, aid organisations, certain NGOs and other similar bodies. There is a customs valuation unit which is in charge of all valuation in the Gambia customs. The customs administration ensures that there is a standard valuation whereby all values charged are acceptable to customs.


Notes & warnings - Imports are examined by customs and heavy penalties are levied for making false declarations including possible loss of goods.

Customs regulations are subject to change at any time without notice. The above information is a summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to to Gambia (either at Banjul Ports or Yundum Airport) and is being provided for general guidance to assist private individuals but should not be relied upon in making any decisions.

Always double check with your local embassy or consulate before sending any goods to Gambia. Read the full disclaimer before making any decisions.